MObama, Monochrome and McQueen

26 May 2011

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As we noted yesterday, considering the backlash that Michelle Obama had to endure the last time she wore Alexander McQueen, we didn’t think we’d see the fashion house gracing her toned shoulders again for a while. But luckily for us, MObama marches to the beat of her own fashion drum and so she once again plumped for the razor-sharp tailoring of Sarah Burton for a talk with Oxford University students yesterday. FLOTUS (that's First Lady Of The United States) chose a crisp monochrome outfit from the Pre-Fall 2011 collection: fail-safe Capri pants (clam-diggers in First Lady speak) with a bustle shirt and waist-nipping corset belt - just the right amount of sneaky sex appeal to make a perfect tribute to the English fashion house.

Whilst we here at Grazia Daily are over the moon that Mrs O has championed a number of British designers on her state visit to the UK, the First Lady is a savvy sartorialist who knows what side her fashion bread’s buttered on, so yesterday she masterfully chose to sandwich McQueen between two hefty slices of Americana. Up first was Tracy Reese, darling of the Upper East-siders, whose crystal-embellished black and white dress (more monochrome for MObama) was Michelle’s choice for dolloping up Caesar salad to the soldiers at the Downing Street barbecue earlier that day. She clearly hadn’t checked BBC Weather though, as her dress looks a little heavy for the blazing English sunshine - especially when stood next to the fresh-as-a-daisy Jonathan Saunders number worn by the lovely Samantha Cameron. And she should be careful with those tongs – mayonnaise is a nightmare to get out of black chiffon.

After her afternoon sojourn in McQueen, Mrs O emerged for the Winfield House state dinner later that evening flying the flag for American fashion once again. This time around it was bastion of the Old Guard, Ralph Lauren, and we have to say we’re totally smitten with this glorious onyx off-the-shoulder number. After the previous night’s Tom Ford white-out, Mrs O went back to black, cutting a sleek and elegant dash in the line-up next to the crystallised white gown of the Queen. Never knowingly undersold, Mrs O brought on the bling too, with a tangled necklace and matching bracelet by Tom Binns, and a stunning green ring to provide the only jolt of colour.

But what do YOU think of Mrs O’s day of monochrome mania? Did she make Anglo-American relations as clear as black and white to you? Or did her fashion sandwich lack a bit of flavour? Let us know your thoughts in the box below…

- Alannah Sparks


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